Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer and Pro Water Cooling Kits
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 08-13-2012
Provided by: Thermaltake
First Look

Seeing as these kits are nearly identical, I won't bore you with a detailed description and tour of each one. Instead we will focus on the Pro kit in this section of the review before testing both units later on.

Included in the retail box is the fully assembled cooler itself, a bag of mounting hardware that covers multiple sockets, a very thick installation manual in many languages and two cooling fans. The fans are 120mm units that pump out 81.32CFM of air at 27.36dBA. Thermaltake also includes a Y-splitter so you can plug both fans into a single header on your motherboard if you are running low on available headers.

The self-contained water cooling unit is very similar to others we have seen in the past, namely the Corsair Hydro H70 kit. The reason for this is because these units are actually manufactured by another company called Asetek and sold under various brands. There's nothing wrong with this and of course more products on the market lead to better competition and prices for the end user.

That said, this unit has the pump integrated into the water block that mounts on the CPU and since the system only cools the CPU, there isn't a need for a reservoir as the unit is pre-filled with distilled water and propylene glycol at the factory before shipping. Since this is a closed-loop solution, there is no maintenance required so long as there aren't any leaks. The pump is powered by a three-pin power cable and of course you'll want to make sure to plug this into a power source that's getting 100% power.

The one difference I noticed between the Corsair and Thermaltake units is that the latter has more of a glossy black finish while Corsair's kit used a flat black paint on the radiator. Furthermore, Thermaltake appears to use slightly better rubber tubing which they claim decreases the loss of coolant through evaporation.

Move ahead as we take a closer look at the water block and pump on the next page.

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